Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various large edible marine gastropods of the genus Haliotis, having an ear-shaped shell with a row of holes along the outer edge. The colorful pearly interior of the shell is often used for making ornaments.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A general name on the Pacific coast of the United States for marine shells of the family Haliotidæ (which see), having an oval form with a very wide aperture, a narrow, flattened ledge or columella, and a subspiral row of perforations extending from the apex to the distal margin of the shell.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A univalve mollusk of the genus Haliotis. The shell is lined with mother-of-pearl, and used for ornamental purposes; the sea-ear. Several large species are found on the coast of California, clinging closely to the rocks.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of various large edible marine gastropods of the genus Haliotis having an ear-shaped shell with pearly interior

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[American Spanish abulón, from Rumsen (Penutian language of the Monterey Bay area) aulon.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From American Spanish abulón, from Spanish aulone, either from Rumsen (Southern Ohlone) aūlun ("red abalone") or from Shoshone aūlun ("red abalone").

Examples

  • (Italy) and abulón, the Spanish source of our word abalone -- began 30 years ago in La Jolla.

    A New Shell Game

  • (Italy) and abulón, the Spanish source of our word abalone -- began 30 years ago in California.

    Abalone delicious

  • So we set up camp on the beach which was nearly covered in abalone shells.

    The First Time You Saw Mexico....

  • The total annual allowable catch of perlemoen, also known as abalone, has dropped rapidly over the years to the current 100 tons.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Raymond Chin Pang Shue was identified as the abalone diver who died in an incident that began at about 8: 30 a.m.

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  • Raymond Chin Pang Shue was identified as the abalone diver who died in an incident that began at about 8: 30 a.m.

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  • Raymond Chin Pang Shue was identified as the abalone diver who died in an incident that began at about 8: 30 a.m.

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  • While investigating the case, police caught two Chinese nationals and a South African in possession of perlemoen (also known as abalone) on the farm Breelaagte, on the Cockscoombe road.

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  • While investigating the case, police caught two Chinese nationals and a South African in possession of perlemoen (also known as abalone) on the farm Breelaagte, on the Cockscoombe road.

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  • While investigating the case, police caught two Chinese nationals and a South African in possession of perlemoen (also known as abalone) on the farm Breelaagte, on the Cockscoombe road.

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